Spartacus againSeregi and Grigorivich
Posted 26 July 2008 - 06:19 PM
Posted 26 July 2008 - 08:07 PM
I have DVDs of both of these versions.One by the Australian ballet with Pavane , Heathcote and Horsman, and the other by the Bolshoi with Moukhamedov and Bessmertnova. Whilst there is great dancing in both versions - I really disliked the ballet itself - depressing and brutal. The Bolshoi version gloomy and the Seregi version episodic. Can anyone tell me what i should look for to make me understand both versions better.
You're missing the best version, made in 1977 on film (available on DVD) with Vladimir Valisiev as Spartacus, a younger Bessmertnova, and Maris Liepa as Crassus, the latter giving one of the great ballet performances of the century (I'm not being hyperbolic). I'm surprised no one here recommended it to you.
As for understanding the ballet, realize the Soviets made this as a piece of political propaganda, using the Spartacus led revolt of gladiators and slaves against the Imperial Roman State as an allegory of blah, blah... Everything follows from that concept.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 03:00 PM
Posted 21 August 2008 - 11:46 PM
Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:07 PM
Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:30 AM
I haven't managed yet to see the Vasiliev recordings but I have seen both of the Mukhamedov dvds and besides some wonderful dancing and the music I enjoy the Grigorovich Spartacus for its pure dramatic power and spectacle.
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